1966 BSA Lightning

Meticulous Ground-Up Restoration by BSA Enthusiast, Thousands in Receipts, New Everything, One Owner 1966-2012, 2500 Original Miles, Matching Numbers

 

This 66 BSA Lightning is a two owner bike with 2500 original miles. It was ground-up restored over the last three years by a very detail-oriented BSA enthusiast, who bought the bike from the original owner in 2012. The original owner lived in Sleepy Hollow, NY and bought the bike brand new from the dealership on Main Street in sleepy hollow in 1966. He rode it sparingly, lost interest, and stored it in his house until 2012. As a result, the previous owner told me the bike only had 2500 miles on it when he purchased it.

When the previous owner got it, he assessed the bike, started ordering parts, and completely disassembling it down to the frame (pics below.) Since the bike was so original, the idea was to completely rebuild all the mechanicals, while leaving as much of the cosmetics original as possible. The frame did not need to be repainted, so it was left "stove black" with its original paint from the factory. The seat and tank and sidecovers are all original and are in great condition and display a nice even light patina.

  • The motor was sent out and fully and professionally rebuilt.
  • The bike was fitted with Mikunis and a Boyer MK4 ignition.
  • The suspension was completely rebuilt, as well as the wheel bearings, and he added a tapered steering head bearing.
  • The bike was fitted with new tires, new battery, new fuel taps, it has all new cables, and the tank was sealed.
  • I have thousands of dollars in receipts for all the work done, as pictured.

 

The bike was set up to ride, so everything was hit with blue loctite. The stock handlebars were kept, since they are so comfortable to ride with and make the bike easy to wheel around the garage. The bike starts up easily from dead cold on one or two kicks. Remarkably, it doesn't even leak any oil (and yes, there's oil in it.)


All the electrics function properly. Because of the new tires and freshly rebuilt suspension, the bike is the best riding Lightning we've had. It feels very tight going down the road, loves to corner, and exhibits very little vibration. The new owner put just over 500 indicated miles on the bike since the rebuild and told me he wouldn't hesitate to ride the bike anywhere. We've sold 5 Lightnings in the last year and this one is the most impressive.

With this bike you get excellent preservation-class cosmetics with the security of thousands in receipts that come with the bike that show a total overhaul. The previous owner was very particular about the bike and any conversation I had with him about it seemed to last at least half an hour or more while he went over all the minute technical details of the restoration.

The bike comes with a perfectly preserved original 1966 BSA owner's manual. It is matching numbers. Please see all pics and riding video below. Bike is located at my shop in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

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